20 Las Vegas Bars You've Never Heard Of
20 Las Vegas Bars You've Never Heard Of
“A little bit of this town goes a very long way.” – Hunter S. Thompson
In the minds of most people, Las Vegas is both the “Entertainment Capital of the World and the “Gambling Capital of the World,” and rightfully so on both counts. The sparkling city in the desert has earned this reputation by establishing a selection of world-class hotels, gambling establishments and tournaments over the years, along with amazing live entertainment venues for all tastes. However, cocktail artistry is actually Las Vegas’ most well-kept secret.
Most people don’t realize this, but Las Vegas boasts more bars and talented mixologists per square mile than anywhere else in the world. From mid-century modern gentlemen-style bars to a crystal chandelier mixology temple spread over three levels, there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring institutions for cocktail lovers to enjoy. In fact, U.S. News & World Report has placed Las Vegas No. 1 on its list of the “Best Nightlife Cities in the United States” – nothing that “while you may not want to go as far as to reenact The Hangover, you certainly don’t want to leave without experiencing a bit of ‘Viva Las Vegas.’”
Best Las Vegas Bars
In case you didn’t know, Las Vegas is one of the best places in the world to enjoy a cocktail. That’s because it’s one of the few places where you can get unique, vintage-style cocktails mixed in with modern flair and exotic flavors from all around the world.
Mixologists here really go all-out and the results are nothing short of impressive. If you’re planning a long-awaited excursion to Las Vegas in the near future, be sure to check out the following bars whenever the urge to quench your thirst kicks in and you want to party all night long or simply relax, unwind and enjoy your favorite libation in a laid-back cocktail lounge. Here are 20 Las Vegas bars you’ve never heard of, but should definitely check out during your next visit to Sin City:
1 | The International Bar | As (possibly) the most popular bar in Las Vegas, The International Bar offers patrons their favorite cocktails and beers, as well as an endless digital treasue trove of games at the bar, comfortable seating, and oversized screens to view favorite sporting events, all while fans and foxes mingle enjoying signature drinks such as the world-famous Crushed Velvet, just steps away from Las Vegas' largest SportsBook, The Westgate SuperBook! Whatever your poison, it's GAME ON at The International Bar at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino!
WHERE: 3713 W. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89102 | WHO: 702-982-8036
2 | Classic Jewel | The Classic Jewel is a Las Vegas lounge that truly earns and deserves the distinction of being “trendy.” First of all, it’s ideally located in a popular luxury high-rise known as Juhl and takes on a 1950’s décor style that reminds us of that era’s notable drinking culture. The setting is intimate and elegant with comfortable seating that’ll entice you to spend the whole night enjoying the art of conversation and live entertainment. The classic cocktails offered at Classic Jewel are crafted from ages-old family recipes that have been collected by mixologists over centuries. Aside from well-known favorites such as the Moscow Mule, expect to acquaint yourself with new favorites like the Hotel Nacional, which is made with white rum, lime, pineapple and apricot brandy. The Mexican Firing Squad is another honorable mention made from Blanco Tequila, lime, seltzer, Angostura and Grenadine.
WHERE: 353 E. Bonneville Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101 | WHO: 702-722-6750
3 | The Dorsey | A simply amazing Las Vegas nightlife experience, The Dorsey is elegantly decked out in sophisticated design elements that make you feel amazing. However, this feeling of elevation is truly cemented by the bar’s diverse selection of drinks, which include champagne and white wine that’s served by the bottle or glass, depending on your preferences. The drink menu is divided into different categories including Shorties and Bubbly, Conversation Pieces, as well as Light and Bright. The Penicillin is a popular brew that combines scotch, honey, ginger and lemon (simple yet effective and topped with an Islay float). Trust us when we say that you could spend a whole week coming to this bar every night and not try all of the different cocktail combinations – the menu is simply that vast! If you’re traveling with friends though, be sure to try the punch bowls. They’re always a hit!
WHERE: 3355 S. Las Vegas Boulevard #200 3355, Las Vegas, NV 89109 | WHO: 702-414-1945
4 | Camden Cocktail Lounge | Designed like a formal library, the Camden is an ode to old-school luxury and comforts, yet houses a collection of lethal if not creative, cocktail combinations. Guests are greeted with a bookcase door that serves up plenty of intrigue in preparation for what is to be an exciting night full of liquid surprises. The entire lounge is decorated in the same library-chic style that makes you forget that you’re in Vegas until you get to the bar area. Its bronze accents and diverse drink menu harkens back to the traditional glamour of its location. Speaking of a diverse menu, expect such resplendent creations as the Fresh and Easy, which consists of a Bombay Sapphire gin base mixed with elderflower tonic, lime juice, mint and cucumber. The Camden Sour is a favorite with its combination of Bulleit 95 Rye, egg white, Zinfandel port, lemon and orgeat. Or you could explore the Frenchy, which combines champagne, lemon, Absolut Elyx vodka, cantaloupe and orgeat.
WHERE: 4321 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103 | WHO: 702-944-5989
5 | 107 SkyLounge | Whether you’re going out for a date for your anniversary or Valentine’s Day, there’s no better way to show off than with a visit to 107 SkyLounge. This swanky lounge is set on the 107th floor of the Stratosphere Tower – which means you’ll get exclusive access to panoramic views of the city. Aside from the diverse cocktail menu, SkyLounge serves up an appetizing food menu that consists of appetizers, small plate and desserts. Plus, there’s always a popular DJ on the deck to maintain a trendy yet laid-back atmosphere.
WHERE: 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard S., Las Vegas, NV 89104 | WHO: 702-380-7777
6 | Downtown Cocktail Room | Ideally located in hip and happening downtown Las Vegas, the Cocktail Room serves up an intimate and cozy vibe with dim lighting, comfortable leather seats, an eclectic music selection and minimalist art. As such, the bar draws an equally eclectic and interesting crowd from all walks of life who congregate here to enjoy a more laid-back vibe away from the bustle and lights that Vegas is famous for. However, where this bar really shines in our perspective is in its selection of unique cocktails. The seasonal menu means that there’s always something new to look forward to and so far the bar has created more than 40 menus since its inception. Some of the creations that will go down in history include the Watermelon Cooler, which is perfect for summer with its unique blend of watermelon, vodka, lime and cucumber. In addition the Apple Pie is perfect for fall as it combines bourbon, cinnamon, caramel and apple.
WHERE: 111 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89101 | WHO: 702-880-3696
7 | Juniper Cocktail Lounge | A gin-lover’s paradise, Juniper Cocktail Lounge houses the largest assortment of gin in the whole of Las Vegas. Of course, this makes sense considering that the word Juniper is the name of the berries used to create the distinctive taste and aroma of gin. Juniper is also the place to go if you want access to the best gin brands in the world. The cocktails here are handmade from fresh ingredients and some of the best gins in the world, blended together to create unique libations like True to the Roots, which consists of Spring 44 gin, orange, fresh lime and clover honey. Also look forward to the Maple Old Fashioned, which is crafted from White Pig 10-year Rye Whiskey, Angostura Bitters and authentic maple syrup. Needless to say, there are so many drinks to choose from that it might be difficult to decide which one to try out first.
WHERE: 3770 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109 | WHO: 702-730-7777
8 | The Fireside Lounge | Once you’ve gotten over the trendy vibe of most lounges and bars in Sin City, you’ll do well to head over to the vintage-style Fireside Lounge. Its setting is characterized by cozy nooks and nostalgic beverages such as mai tais that comfort the soul. The walls are lined with mirrors to echo the bubbling fire pit, making for a warm ambiance. The flat-screen TVs peppered throughout are always playing one Vegas classic or another. When taken together, these elements, along with the purple and neon setup, make this one of the most romantic spots in all of Las Vegas. Perhaps that’s why it has been highlighted in films over the years – ranging from the classic like Casino to the campy such as Showgirls.
WHERE: 2985 Las Vegas Boulevard S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 | WHO: 702-735-4177
9 | Electra Cocktail Club | For a more grown-up and sophisticated vibe, head over to Electra where the cocktails are as elegant as the setting. Located at The Palazzo, it’s no surprise that this cocktail club features such an inviting atmosphere. However, what really sets it apart from other bars and lounges is the fact that the cocktails are mainly crafted from mescal, Agricole and rum. You’ll find a lot of unique cocktails here to tickle your fancy such as the Cucumber & Elderflower Daiquiri, which is made from white rum, elderflower, cucumber and fresh lime, or the Disgruntled Mai Tai, which contains two rums, Underberg, orgeat, Curacao, fresh lime and Aperol. Bottle service is also available if you’re interested.
WHERE: 3325 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109 | WHO: 702-607-1950
10 | Vanguard Lounge | This popular lounge lies slap bang in the middle of Downtown Vegas in the bustling Fremont East District. Small and intimate, the Vanguard is characterized by a cozy yet trendy setup with a cute sidewalk patio, comfy seating and a modern-industrial bar. The cocktail menu is unique to the Vanguard and includes amazing creations such as That’s Not A Snowflake, which is made from Crown Royal vanilla whiskey, soda water, cherries, homemade syrup, fresh lime juice and Luxardo maraschino. In addition, the Vanguard Mule is the bar’s modern take on an old classic, with the addition of cucumber and rosemary syrup. For the more spirited, The Copperfield is available and allows you to pick the base spirit that the bartender can use as inspiration to create something unique for you.
WHERE: 516 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 | WHO: 702-868-7800
11 | The Great American Pub | Let’s face it – Americans don’t really want much out of a pub. As long as the place has great food and drinks, it’s a winner. Fortunately, the Great American Pub happens to have both, all served with down-home hospitality. There are flat-screen televisions everywhere, tuned in to all of your favorite sports channels. The kitchen slings out hearty American fare such as half-pound beef burgers, New York Strip steak and eggs, and buffalo wings. The Great American Pub also maintains a full calendar of events, so there’s always something happening at both of their Vegas locations.
WHERE: 4145 S. Grand Canyon Suite 109-111, Las Vegas, NV 89417 | WHO: 702-220-TGAP (8427)
12 | Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar | Conveniently located in the Arts District in downtown Las Vegas, Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar is a laid-back establishment owned by a duo of self-proclaimed beer nerds. The craft beer bar offers 30 different variants of your favorite malty beverage on tap, promising hours of drinking enjoyment. With two casual patios and a biergarten courtyard, there’s enough space to go around for you and all of your friends for an epic celebration. Three Sheets welcomes four-legged family members as well! Check out the Las Vegas craft bar’s full calendar of events on their official website.
WHERE: 1115 S. Casino Center Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89104 | WHO: 702-912-0590
13 | Atomic Liquors | Believe it or not, Atomic Liquors holds the unique distinction of owning Las Vegas’ very first liquor license, making it the oldest operating bar in the downtown area. The café turned liquor store turned neighborhood pub has been serving Sin City’s hungry and thirsty since the early 1950s. In addition to a rotating list of craft beers on tap, Atomic Liquors also offers cocktails and a surprisingly sophisticated dinner menu. You can’t go wrong with Mary’s Brick Chicken served with parsnip puree, glazed heirloom carrots and salsa verde.
WHERE: 917 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 | WHO: 702-982-3000
14 | Three Angry Wives Pub | Those looking for a classic Irish pub experience should find themselves well-satisfied at the Three Angry Wives Pub. The family-owned establishment has been serving loyal patrons for 37 years and has become known as one of the most popular 24-hour gaming establishments in the city. The extensive food menu features standard bar chow, Southwestern American classics and Irish favorites. Try Conner’s Corned Beef Sandwich, served with provolone on classic rye, or the St. Patty’s Melt Burger, served with grilled onions and melted Swiss cheese on a sourdough roll.
WHERE: 8820 W. Charleston Boulevard #105, Las Vegas, NV 89117 | WHO: 702-944-4411
15 | Velveteen Rabbit | Seeking a social house experience sans the hipster vibes? Velveteen Rabbit is a craft cocktail and beer bar with a distinctly elevated atmosphere, but not so much as to be intimidating. Both the seasonal cocktail menu and the craft beers on tap change frequently, making for a fresh experience each time you visit. Drop by on Friday and Saturday nights for live music and events.
WHERE: 1218 S. Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104 | WHO: 702-685-9645
16 | Frankie’s Tiki Room | Venerated tiki bar traditions live on at Frankie’s Tiki Room over on West Charleston. Fans of the culture will be glad to know that this exotic-themed drinking establishment contains all the necessary trappings, including rum-drenched fruity drinks and traditional island-inspired interiors.
WHERE: 1712 W Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89102 | WHO: 702-385-3110
17 | Commonwealth | The founders of Commonwealth live by the motto: “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” They wanted to create a chill neighborhood bar that fostered a sense of community and showed off the neighborhood’s local flavor—so they built one. Featuring modern interiors and phenomenal rooftop views, the 6,000-square foot establishment is now a downtown Las Vegas fixture.
WHERE: 525 E Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 | WHO: 702-445-6400
18 | Marché Bacchus | If your libation of choice is a glass (or two, we don’t judge!) of wine, head over to the Desert Shores community near Summerlin and experience Marché Bacchus. The French bistro and wine shop stocks over a thousand bottles of wine and serves French and Mediterranean classics that pair well with them. Go with a cheese or charcuterie plate to share or live it up with the 1.5-ounce caviar sampler, served with toasted blinis and crème fraîche, among other accoutrements.
WHERE: 2620 Regatta Drive, Suite #106, Las Vegas, NV 89218 | WHO: 702-804-8008
19 | Herbs & Rye | Consistently voted one of the best bars in Las Vegas by numerous publications, to diminish Herbs & Rye as just another “drinking spot” is to do it an unforgivable disservice. Here, you won’t just be served incredible cocktails, you’ll also be given a thorough education on them. The drinks are organized by era, making you feel as though you’re journeying through time. Knowledgeable bartenders can make a drink up for you on the spot if nothing on the menu catches your fancy.
WHERE: 3713 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89102 | WHO: 702-982-8036
20 | Park on Fremont | Sure, you can go day-drinking at any city, but nowhere is it more acceptable than in Las Vegas. Park on Fremont makes it very easy, too – the 5,000-square-foot bar has a relaxed, rustic charm that welcomes all comers. Grab brunch with a date or a friend and gorge on avocado egg rolls and sticky ribs, all while boozing up on shareable cocktails or glasses of wine.
WHERE: 506 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 | WHO: 702-834-3160
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Last Tips on Las Vegas Bars
Las Vegas is famous for its swanky hotels and gambling resorts, but the city’s cocktail bar scene is really where it’s at. We hope you’ll enjoy your time at one of these establishments the next time you visit Sin City and discover for yourself why they made it in our list of favorites! And during your Las Vegas getaway, don’t miss the chance to also experience the most haunted places in Las Vegas, the best coffee shops Las Vegas has to offer and things to do off the beaten path in Las Vegas.
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